Novak Djokovic: Why Djoker Should Be Considered Wimbledon Favorite

Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIIJune 11, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand in his men's singles semi final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day 13 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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After leaving France without a championship, Novak Djokovic is sure to leave England with one.

The No. 1 men's tennis player in the world will head back to the Wimbledon Championships and look to defend his title.

Despite losing to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in his first French Open Final, Djokovic should be optimistic heading into the next major.

"It was a very difficult match against the best player in the world,’’ Nadal told the Associated Press after the final.

Praising Djokovic speaks volume to Nadal's character as well as Djokovic's ability to challenge the best clay-court player the tennis world has ever seen.

In the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Djokovic ousted Nadal in four sets to capture his first Wimbledon Championship. After his victory, Djokovic also became the new No. 1 player in men's tennis, a title he's held ever since.

Until his final-round loss at Roland Garros, Djokovic had beaten Nadal in three straight major finals. Djokovic had a 27-match winning streak until Nadal ended that on Monday.

Losing to the "King of Clay" in the finals of the French Open is something Djokovic won't worry about too much heading into Wimbledon.

Nadal has won at Wimbledon in the past, but hasn't dominated on grass like he has on clay.

Then there's Roger Federer.

After an early exit to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Championships last season, Federer will look to avenge his abrupt outing by playing the best tennis he's played so far.

There's no reason Djokovic shouldn't cruise right to the finals in this year's championships, though. With Nadal being his biggest competition in the field, he would love nothing more than to get his redemption against the Spaniard.

In last year's Wimbledon final, Djokovic had the advantage over Nadal in aces, winners, unforced errors and break points.

After his career-best season in 2011 where he won 10 tournaments, including three of the four Grand Slam titles, Djokovic had solidified himself as the legitimate No. 1 men's tennis player in the world.

Nadal may own the clay, but at this point, Djokovic seems to own everything else.